just keeping my head above water

Soooo. Hi. I’ve been a little absent. Not just here, but in my whole life!  A few weeks ago I was asked to take on an extra book project for work, on top of the three different books I was already working on. At first I said no. I really didn’t have time. So they sweetened the pot a bit and I just couldn’t refuse. It’s a huge rush job and well, that money will more than pay for our vacation AND BlogHer in August. So, yeah.

Here’s the thing, when you freelance it’s really hard to say no to work – you never know when the next project will come along (maybe months) and if they give this contract to someone else, well that someone else might just get asked first next time. Paranoid much? Yep. But sometimes I take on more than I can reasonably do. Oops.

Anyway, the lure of extra cash hooked me and now I’m working 12 hour days, including weekends, to keep up with it all. I don’t have a moment to spare for anything. Not groceries, not sleep, not cleaning, (oh, darn!) not even Words with Friends (gasp, I know!) I didn’t even go to that one day conference last week after all. I didn’t cancel the babysitter though, I basically paid her to play Monopoly with my kid while I put in headphones and pretended they weren’t there.

It’s going to be like this until the day we leave for vacation, it will be like this again starting the day we get back, and it will last until sometime near the end of May when all four projects come to a close. So if you don’t hear from me until then, you know why!

Oh, and this boy? He turned NINE almost 2 weeks ago and I didn’t even have time to tell you. Sheesh.

 

Comments

3 Responses to “just keeping my head above water”

  1. Amira on April 3rd, 2012 10:23 pm

    Look at that face! Such handsomeness 🙂

    And you know, I always prefer to be ridiculously busy than ridiculously bored, so have fun and then you can really, really enjoy that vacation.

  2. Maricris @ SittingAround on April 7th, 2012 10:34 pm

    It’s nice to see you back, Annette. And belated happy birthday to handsome kid!

  3. Emily Guy Birken on April 13th, 2012 9:23 am

    I totally hear you about the freelancer paranoia! I had a family emergency back in February–my mom got so sick she had to be hospitalized–and I found myself waiting until I got on the plane to tell my regular clients that I was going to be out of town and needed a few days. Some part of me thought I could still get my writing done, because if I didn’t, they’d find someone else! Of course, every single one of my clients was supportive and understanding and told me to take the time I needed. And yet, on coming back to town, I still found myself working my tuchus off to make sure I got work to them as quickly as possible. Paranoia: I has it!

    My mom’s doing fine now, thankfully, and all of my clients have been wonderful. So I need to calm myself down. But there’s always that niggling fear that you’ll lose your clients.

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